Born: November 21, 1925
Ohio connection: Former Resident
Robert Wilburn Canzoneri was born in 1925 in San Marcos, Texas, the son of Joe and Mabel (Barnett) Canzoneri. He received a B.A. degree from Mississippi College in 1948, an M.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1951, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1965. He married Candyce Barnes. He taught English at several colleges, becoming professor of English at The Ohio State University in 1968, where he was then Professor Emeritus. He was the original Director of the Creative Writing Program at Ohio State. Canzoneri has written non-fiction, novels, short stories, and poetry. His titles include I Do So Politely: A Voice from the South (non-fiction); Watch Us Pass (poems); Men With Little Hammers (novel); and Barbed Wire and Other Stories (short stories). Robert Canzoneri died on December 4, 2010.
Danforth teacher study grants, 1960, 1963, 1964; Henry H. Bellamann Foundation Award in writing, 1965.